Turn off screens and take kids outside
Two AAP-backed national
events remind adults — including pediatricians — that they
can model how kids can enjoy
nature while also taking a break
Screen-Free Week, May 1-7
and Kids to Parks Day, May 20, o;er myriad reasons to encourage families
to connect and socialize without digital media. ;ey also o;er a chance to
boost physical activity.
Pediatricians can share the AAP Family Media Plan, which o;ers a personalized guide for parents to balance their kids’ online and o;-line lives
based on their values and busy lifestyles. Visit www.healthychildren.org/
MediaUsePlan or http://bit.ly/2oRu Trg (in Spanish).
After setting digital limits, families can head outside. Kids to Parks Day
is a national day of outdoor play organized by the National Park Trust. ;e
Academy is one of 19 collaborators. On the National Park Trust website,
individuals can support Kids to Parks Day by registering for an event, find
park events in their state and download park games for kids. Visit https://
For Your Information
Updated HPV Implementation Guidance at http://bit.ly/2o2p W1A ex-
plains the change in the number of doses of HPV vaccine for non-immuno-
compromised children who begin the series before age 15 years. Two doses
are now recommended instead of three.
;e web resource also reminds pediatricians that this month, all remaining
doses of quadrivalent HPV vaccine (Gardasil 4) have expired. All doses of
bivalent HPV vaccine (Cervarix) expired last November. ;ese two vaccines
are no longer distributed in the United States. Patients who received the
entire series should not be revaccinated with the nine-valent HPV vaccine
Call for abstracts
The AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight is seeking abstracts for the 5th annual
Innovations in Obesity Prevention, Assessment and Treatment Forum at the AAP National
Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 15 in Chicago.
The forum showcases innovative approaches to prevent, assess and treat pediatric obesity at the point of care that demonstrate promising or proven results. Poster presentations
and a panel discussion will focus on topics areas such as improving quality of obesity care,
increasing physician knowledge, enhancing multidisciplinary care, improving access to care,
new technologies, and patient and family communication and engagement.
To submit an abstract, visit http://aapexperience.org/abstracts.
Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
Emergency medical services
(EMS) are an indispensable
part of the pediatric health care
continuum. ;e Academy is a
strategic partner with Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
on the EMS Week campaign, May 21-27, and EMS for Children Day,
May 24. ;e campaign kicks o; a year-round focus on supporting the
theme “EMS Strong” to enhance recognition of the profession and
collaboration among health care professions.
EMS for Children Day highlights the distinctive aspects of caring
for children and the need to improve and expand specialized care for
children in prehospital and acute care settings. Support EMSC Day by
reaching out to community partners to give away free bicycle helmets
to children or participate in events with schools that give students a
chance to interact with EMS professionals.
Pediatricians can access webinars from the EMSC Innovation and
Improvement Center at http://bit.ly/2n4yq WV to learn how the Pediatric Readiness Project quality improvement initiative is ensuring that
all emergency departments are prepared to deliver appropriate care to
children, http://bit.ly/2ot Wu Ti.
;e Academy also o;ers resources to support pediatric emergency
• Life Support Programs, http://bit.ly/2otODF1;
• Children and Disasters, http://bit.ly/2n TdgJZ;
• Chapter Contacts for Disaster Preparedness, http://bit.ly/1Q3Xb7B;
• Family Readiness Kit, http://bit.ly/2o2zbit.
Learn about the work of the AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency
Medicine, and consider joining the Sections on Emergency Medicine
and Transport Medicine and the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison
Prevention at http://bit.ly/2oR9yhJ.
Zika virus psychosocial support videos
The Academy and HealthyChildren.org have released two videos that will guide parents-to-be,
new parents and pediatricians caring for a child
with suspected or confirmed Zika virus syndrome
on how to deal with the emotions that may come
with such a diagnosis.
The family-focused video “Pediatrician Advice for
Families: Responding to your Concerns about Zika”
( www.healthychildren.org/zikavirus or www.aap.org/zika) provides expectant parents and
their families with basic information about the risks of Zika infection during pregnancy and
recommends strategies to deal with stress due to worry. The video features David J. Schonfeld,
M.D., FAAP, AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council member, developmental-behavioral
pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and director of the National Center for School
Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California, and Carolina Peña-Ricardo,
M.D., FAAP, developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles.
In the provider-focused video “Zika: Ten Tips for Pediatricians Supporting Families” (www.
aap.org/zika), Dr. Schonfeld provides tips for pediatricians to consider when speaking with
families who may have a child with Zika virus syndrome or are worried about possible
infection in their unborn child.
For more information, email DisasterReady@aap.org.
Provisional section to address
needs of minority children, their providers
The Provisional Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion is the latest provisional
section to be approved by the AAP Board of Directors. The section’s purpose is to advance
health equity by addressing the social determinants affecting minority child health and by
promoting greater inclusion and diversity in the pediatric workforce.
Its aim is to provide a platform to discuss and address the unique social and health challenges that affect minority children and their health care providers. The section will help equip
pediatricians with tools to understand and address the complex social determinants shaping
health in minority communities, and to achieve practice and policy changes advancing health
The section also plans to promote and celebrate diversity in pediatric medicine and in the
Academy, highlight the contributions minorities have made to advance the field and provide
a platform for nurturing and voicing perspectives from diverse backgrounds. Membership is
open to all AAP members in good standing.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about AAP sections and councils and
their membership criteria at http://bit.ly/2oR9yhJ.
World Asthma Day reminder: Update care plans
Having asthma puts a child at greater risk of a
severe reaction during an allergic or anaphylactic
event. ;ese children are prime candidates for an
allergy and anaphylaxis care plan.
World Asthma Day on May 2 serves as a prompt
to assess and update patients’ AAP Allergy and
Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan. ;e free, customizable document at https://
www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/AA-EmergencyPlan.pdf provides space for
a photo of the child, boxes to provide information about the child and algorithms on what to do if the child has a severe reaction or mild allergic